- Words: Zoneil Maharaj
- Label: Aagoo
- XLR8R Rating: 7/10
At times, Au’s Verbs can be a calm meditation; other times, a jubilant parade through Portland, OR. Luke Wyland, the multi-instrumentalist behind the experimental folk-pop band, casts various PDX artists to help flesh out the swirling sounds on his second studio album. Included on the roster is Becky Dawson of Ah Holly Fam’ly, who lends her operatic vocals to the upbeat, hand clap-driven pop jam “rr vs. d.” “Are Animals” explodes into carnival mayhem after the two-and-a-half-minute vocal chorus build-up of “All My Friends”; more than 20 people clap furiously and howl gibberish while Dawson’s voice floats gracefully above it. The star, though, is bandleader Wyland, whose instrumental talents and knack for collaborations make this album worthwhile.
- FeatureReal Talk: DVS1 on Respect, Photography on the Dancefloor, and the Battle Between Art and Entertainment
- GearDntel Shares Five Essential Pieces from His Home Studio
- PodcastSimian Mobile Disco
- NewsAphex Twin Talks 'Syro,' Gear, '90s Rave Culture, and More in Extensive New Interview
- NewsWatch the New Video for Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound"
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
XLR8R Downloads Player